Top N and Bottom N in Tableau - 4 Methods

What should a report convey? What is the end user interested in? Should we present only the best data points (strength of the data) so that the end uses are happy customers? Should we show only the weakest data points which gives room for improvement and further investigation?

How about we show the good points and bad points together? This can be done in many ways. We can show Rank charts or build Highlight tables or Heat maps or KPI shapes etc.

To keep it simple, for this blog, we are going with a simple Top N and Bottom N Bar chart. The number of values N can be static or controlled by a Parameter.

Automate PDF or Image Download from Tableau Server or Tableau Online

Businesses users still trust using image in power point as a method of presentation. Tableau Server has a feature of downloading dashboard in PDF and Image(PNG) format. But the situation becomes a little difficult to download PDF files based on different filter values in the dashboard.

In this blog, tabcmd command-line utility which is used to automate site administration tasks on Tableau Server will help automatically downloads separate files for separate filters without having to manually do it repeatedly,

KPI shapes on the left of Bar Chart in Tableau

KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) drive a lot of business decisions. Showing bold and big font numbers on a Dashboard are good practices for visualization. But color coding them will take it to the next level because colors appeal to the end users more by adding the “wow” factor. Using shapes to represent the KPI will seal the deal making the best approach. Scientifically, human brain is tuned to understand and react to shapes and color pretty fast. Showing them together will make it a deadly combo.

Percent of Total on Stacked Bar in Tableau - 2 Methods

Parts of Whole or Breakdowns of Whole are widely used concepts in Data Visualization.

Stacked Bar is one such very widely used chart in Tableau and elsewhere.

Though the Police or Cops of Best practices frown upon developers who use Stacked bar, it is still a very popular chart for Media companies, Finance teams, Govt agencies, Supply chain etc.

In most cases, if not all, Stacked Bar charts are used to represent Percent of Total contribution.

BUMP Chart vs CONCENTRIC Chart in Tableau

Rank is a powerful feature for any visualization. It is very effective to understand how each of the categorical members perform against the same measure with a sorted Rank chart. Also for best practices it is convenient for the end user to make quicker decisions with well sorted-ranked charts.

Win a Ducati Monster at Tableau Conference 2017

Scheduled to happen at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas from October 9-12 2017, the event has us and Tableau fans all around the world - pumped up. USEReady being Tableau’s long-standing Gold partner will be there too, of course. Filled with conversations on innovations and strategies with data, TC17 will sure be a hotbed for data geeks.